Aimchess US rapid online chess: Vidit Gujrathi tosses away winning start

Vidit Gujrathi blew away a good start and slipped to joint ninth place with two points after five preliminary rounds of Aimchess US rapid online chess tournament.

Vidit Gujrathi

File picture of Vidit Gujrathi.   -  RAJEEV BHATT

Vidit Gujrathi blew away a good start and slipped to joint ninth place with two points after five preliminary rounds of Aimchess US rapid online chess tournament.

After beating Dutchman Jorden van Foreest in the opening round, Vidit drew with favourite Magnus Carlsen (Norway), lost to Wesley So (USA), drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) and signed off with a loss to Le Quang Liem (Vietnam).

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Vidit needs to be among the top-eight after 15 rounds of league games to enter the quarterfinals.

Armenia’s Levon Aronian led with four points, followed by Carlsen and Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev at 3.5 points.

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